Executive Director

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Executive Director

Come work with us!

Our campus is always evolving at the Alberta University of the Arts, and here you’ll find yourself surrounded by the connoisseurs of Calgary’s contemporary culture. At the AUArts Students’ Association you’ll be working with a group of innovative, quirky, passionate, and hard-working creatives committed to providing AUArts’ student body with unique opportunities to enhance their sense of well-being, develop their professional skills, and establish a strong presence in the culture of the institution. Together, we continuously find ways to build on the strengths of our programs, boost our support services, and advocate for an exceptional student experience.

Be on the pulse of Calgary’s creative community and work with Alberta’s up and coming cultural innovators!

Executive Director

The AUArts SA Executive Director ensures that AUArts SA programming, services, operations, governance, and advocacy initiatives are provided with the required support and resources needed to effectively accomplish the goals outlined in the strategic plan; and provides leadership that maintains the continued success and sustainable growth of the Association.

Core Objectives

The Executive Director contributes to the organization by fulfilling the following objectives:

  • To provide informed leadership that will ensure the long-term sustainability of AUArts SA and its continued ability to fulfill its mandate.
  • To support the work of the staff, Executive Committee, and Student Leadership Council by providing guidance that is informed by best practice.
  • To oversee the management of all AUArts SA day-to-day operations including such areas as human resources, finance, general operations, programming and services, community relations and fundraising initiatives.

About the role

The main focus of the Executive Director is to support the Executive Committee and staff in meeting the Association’s strategic goals and intentions as set out by the board. This role works closely with the President and Board of the Association and acts as a resource to the team ensuring continuity over periods of frequent transition. The Executive Director is also responsible for ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the Association are fulfilled efficiently, and are continuously evolving to better serve the Association and its members.

This role directly supervises three staff members who oversee the remaining part-time staff. There is a strong culture of collaboration in the small team, and the role frequently deals with complex issues where they are expected to provide support and guidance to executives who are new to their roles and typically have minimal previous experience. Some of the goals for this role in the coming months are to:

  • Develop training and orientation materials to support executives in the annual transition process.
  • Ensure the staff and executives are progressing on the goals as set out in the Strategic Plan.
  • Facilitate dialogue with the board and membership regarding the future direction of the Association’s facilities and resources.

Typically the role dedicates their efforts between the following areas of focus:

  • Strategic leadership and governance.
  • Financial planning and management.
  • Human resources planning and management.
  • Program planning and management.
  • Operational planning and management.
  • Community relations.

Who You Are

Here at AUArts SA we’ve worked hard to develop a culture we are proud to be a part of, and if you can say yes to a few of these things you might be proud to be a part of it too…

Equity & Diversity – Are you willing to consciously create room for respectful dialogue surrounding issues of equity and diversity? Pursuing a creative life takes guts! We’ve got a diverse, spunky, progressive, and outspoken community here at AUArts, and we are always looking for ways to self-reflect and incorporate socially just practices in our workplace.

Collaboration & Empowerment – Do you believe in bringing other people up, supporting your co-workers’ success, and finding ways to work together to accomplish your goals? From start to finish we are constantly learning from each other and finding ways to practice gratitude and celebrate the victories, both big and small.

Inspiration & Innovation – Are you excited to put your ideas on the table, take the risk and try something new even if you might fail? We love a good brainstorming session and are always open to incorporating fresh ideas into our programs and services.


  • Previous experience or interest in non-profit organizations, artist run culture, arts education, leadership development and governance.
  • Previous experience or education in management, business administration, accounting, bookkeeping, leadership, strategic planning.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills, and the ability to manage diverse activities and deadlines, while remaining flexible to changing situations and priorities.
  • Experience working in a post-secondary environment with faculty, staff, and students, and/or a complex public-sector environment would be an asset.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and direction, prioritizing and self-identifying opportunities and efficiencies in task and workflow management.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, and planning skills.
  • Access to a computer and reliable internet.
  • Intermediate experience with Microsoft Office365 (specifically SharePoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and Teams).
  • Experience with QuickBooks Online an asset.
  • Organized with knowledge of best practices for file management.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with a willingness to learn and develop skills.

The Perks

  • 0.9 FTE position with adaptable schedule and option for remote work.
  • Staff appreciation events.
  • Salary range $57,895 – $63,870.
  • Employer sponsored benefits coverage and professional development opportunities.
  • Paid vacation and flex days

Apply Now

Please note that this is an 18 month contract, with a six month probation period where the possibility of extension may be contingent upon consistent successful performance evaluations conducted by the Executive team. If we’ve caught your eye and you’d like to apply for this position send us a resume and cover letter to help us get to know you better, and please also ensure you specify which job you’re applying for and why you think you’d be a good fit for our team. Interviews are planned to be scheduled for the week of November 15-19, 2021 with a preferred start date of December 6, 2021.

Applications can be sent by email to Reeny Koh at admin.sa@auarts.ca.

Application Deadline is November 14, 2021

The AUArts Students’ Association is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. If you require any specific accommodations to be made during the interview process, please do not hesitate to include this information when submitting your application. We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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